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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #115

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #115

The prompt is to write something in a similar spirit – it could tell the story of a year or day or hour or minute – something that brought about a change in the life of a protagonist, family, community, nation or the world.

 

Life was such fun up to the age of 11.

There were music, dance, studies, games, picnics and all sorts of rides.

Some smooth some bumpy but having parents, siblings, and friends to share it with you is fun nonetheless.

Learning new things every day with friends was such fun which I attended every day till I was 11.

Life was like a nice dream.

Then one fine morning everything changed.

Suddenly I became a grown-up.

In my community girls were not allowed to play outside, laugh loudly or dance and sing after they reached puberty.

An order was passed to take all the childhood fun away from my life. I was suppose to behave in a certain way like, walk like this and talk like this and dress like this all that behaving like a girl.

There were so many dos and don’ts for girls only. Nothing ever changed for the boys. I had entered the realm of youth and childhood was taken away forever.

It made me feel as if a demon has taken control of my life, restricting all my activities.

It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my life after. Thankfully my parents were liberal, siblings caring and loving. We went to school, then college, movies were allowed with family members. There were lots of books to read, there were indoor games but it was different, not like childhood’s carefree, unadulterated, unrestricted fun.

The carnival called childhood was taken away from my life.

About Indira

I knew all along that life is about, love, compassion, compatibility and friendship, but now I have discovered that life is also about sharing the thoughts, encouraging others and getting encouraged. So here I am with my blogs about life, friendship, love, and whatever life has taught me.

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  1. Somehow, one doesn’t understand the need to change at that stage. Now, the advent of teens is celebrated.

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    • My elder sister had to wear saree at the age of 10. There was a sudden change in attitude of even playmates. At that time growing up looked like a sin. Especially middle class was always under pressure.

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  2. I suppose it’s one of those things that the men of the world have to deal with, the way they treated women for so many generations. On the other hand, there was always a premium on women, on account of their being the providers of children, how society develops, is usually a question of which dictator was in control, or who was compassion and understanding, none of the major religions score too many points, but i truly believe they are trying to amend, be hopeful in the new year, the changes are coming, amen

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  3. Childhood ends for many women when their bodies began to develop. It is a blemish on the soul of our global community when women’s rights are oppressed.

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  4. Growing up in England wasn’t quite the same. Yet I do remember getting ratty cos suddenly I couldn’t do the things my brother was doing. Not fair! I shouted many times. I got over it.

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